Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Graff lassos 'Lesdi La Rona' for $ 53m

A tennis ball-sized rough diamond, the second largest gem-quality example ever found, fetched nearly $66 million (US$53 million) for Lucara Diamond Corp. on Monday. They unearthed the 1,109 carat Lesedi La Rona at its Karowe mine in Botswana nearly two years ago. The new owner, London-based multinational jeweler Graff Diamonds, paid nearly $60,000 per carat (US$47,777).
Graffs’ purchase of the Lesedi La Rona will reunite it with a 373-carat part of the original stone, which the company purchased earlier this year.